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Employees Donate Time to Support Habitat for Humanity Chapter in Florida

May 29, 2015


Over 30 UTC Building & Industrial Systems employees volunteered their time for a recent Habitat for Humanity® project in Jupiter, Florida. Assisting with painting a three-bedroom, one-story stucco home, the volunteers worked tirelessly in the heat and humidity of south Florida, advancing the home towards completion.

The Habitat for Humanity® project home in Jupiter, Florida.
The Jupiter team worked together painting doors for the interior of the home.
Molly Hoover, service product manager, Otis, helping out with the exterior painting.

As with every Habitat for Humanity project, the construction or refurbishment of the home, as well as painting and other needs, are completed entirely by volunteers. However, the family moving into the home is also required to contribute ‘sweat equity’ and fulfill over 200 hours of labor per able adult. The four-person family moving into the Jupiter home will begin a 30-year mortgage upon moving in, but they will not be required to provide a down payment.

The group of volunteers was split up throughout the home – some painting the exterior base and top coats, while others painted portions of the interior, specifically baseboards, doors and accordion doors. After a morning of work, lunch arrived late but just in time, as an afternoon rain shower arrived. The team took cover inside the freshly-painted home and relished in the chance to take a break for lunch.

“Volunteering with the local Habitat chapter was a fulfilling and productive opportunity to grow relationships within the community, as well as among colleagues,” said Sarah David, vice president, Legal Affairs, UTC Building & Industrial Systems Americas.

Since 1994, United Technologies has built more than 145 Habitat for Humanity homes around the globe, with the help of thousands of employee volunteers and local Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the U.S., South Africa and the Philippines.